What happens when Commonwealth’s Attorneys take full-advantage of their ability to induce guilty pleas and maximize punishment? The unfettered exercise of prosecutorial power is the main driver of over-criminalization and mass incarceration in America.
WHAT’S A “PROGRESSIVE PROSECUTOR?”
With more incumbents facing challengers than ever before, seemingly every candidate is claiming to be a “progressive prosecutor.” But what does that really mean? Learn more…
Contested RACES in Virginia in 2019
In 2019, voters in at least six cities and counties will decide who will shape the future of their local criminal justice system for years to come. Learn about the races and candidates…
Unlike other jurisdictions we’re covering, none of the candidates for CA in Prince William County are currently employed by the office. But that hasn’t necessarily made determining the path forward any clearer.
When you give prosecutors the power to bring such heavy charges, and unfettered discretion in charging and plea bargaining, you make them the key decision-makers throughout the criminal justice process.